Football Ops

Football Ops

Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.

NFL Ops: Honoring the Game

It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.

League Governance

Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.

NFL Rules Enforcement

Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.

NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up.

The NFL and HBCUs

The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.

Economic & Social Impact

Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.

The NFL Ops Team

Meet the people behind NFL Operations.

The Game

The Game

Learn about the people, the jobs and the technology that deliver the best game possible to NFL fans across the U.S. and around the world. 

Gameday: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Technology

In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.

History of Instant Replay

Upon further review…

Creating the NFL Schedule

It takes hundreds of computers and four NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.

The Players

The Players

Learn how NFL players have changed over time, how they’re developed and drafted and how the league works with them after their playing days are over.  

Evolution of the NFL Player

Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”

Development Pipeline

Supporting the next generation of players and fans.

Getting Into the Game

Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.

The NFL Draft

Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars. 

NFL Player Engagement

A look at the programs and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist every player before, during and after his football career.

College All Star Games

Strengthening football and the community.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

The Officials

The Officials

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.

In Focus: History of the Official

“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”

Inside NFL GameDay Central

The latest information from the NFL's officiating command center.

These Officials Are Really Good

Every week, officials take the field ready to put months of preparation, training and hard work on display, knowing that the whole world — and the Officiating Department — is watching.

Officiating Development

Officiating an NFL game takes years of training and experience. 

The Rules

The Rules

NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.

In Focus: Evolution of the NFL Rules

The custodians of football not only have protected its integrity, but have also revised its playing rules to protect the players, and to make the games fairer and more entertaining.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2018 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2018 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

Football 101

Football 101

Terms Glossary

Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms. 

Formations 101

See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.

Quick Guide to NFL TV Graphics

Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.

NFL Instant Replay Process

The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.

Stats Central

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats. Sort the stats by season or by week.

Chart The Data

Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool. 

Weekly Dashboard

Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

NFL clubs begin their on-field preparations for the 2018 season this week, as rookies for the Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints report to camp by Thursday, July 19. 

The Ravens, who will take on the Bears in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game (Thursday, August 2; NBC, 8:00 PM ET), will be the first team with a full squad in camp when their veterans report on Wednesday, July 18. All 32 NFL teams will be in camp by Friday, July 27.

This year, more than half the league (66 percent) will be “staying home” for training camp. Teams considered to be “staying home” hold training camp at their respective practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters. In 2000, only 10 of 31 (32 percent) teams stayed close to home.

“Twin Cities Orthopedics are a great partner and we can’t wait for training camp for our fans to see this incredible facility,” said Vikings co-owner and president Mark Wilf of the Vikings’ new training camp home. “I know our staff, our coaches, our players feel great in the new home. Eden Prairie was a great home for us, and now Eagan going forward is a great community and we’re excited to be a part of it for a long time to come.” 

While several teams are staying close to home for camp, 11 teams still employ the philosophy of holding camp away from their facilities.

The Houston Texans are one of the teams that “come together” away from home, holding training camp at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia for the second consecutive season.

“We really like The Greenbrier,” said Texans head coach Bill O’Brien. “It gives us a chance to get away. I think it was good last year for the team bonding … We felt like we came out of there with some good chemistry, with guys feeling good about their roles on the team, and The Greenbrier itself is a great place.” 

Green Bay and Pittsburgh hold the longest active NFL training camp tenures, with the Packers returning for their 61st consecutive summer at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. The Steelers will train at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania for the 53rd straight season. 

Here is the number of NFL teams that stayed home for training camp since 2000:

YEAR

NFL TEAMS WITH HOME TRAINING CAMPS (PCT.)

2000

10 of 31 (32%)

2001

9 of 31 (29%)

2002

10 of 32 (31%)

2003

14 of 32 (44%)

2004

15 of 32 (47%)

2005

17 of 32 (53%)

2006

15 of 32 (47%)

2007

16 of 32 (50%)

2008

15 of 32 (47%)

2009

17 of 32 (53%)

2010

17 of 32 (53%)

2011

19 of 32 (59%)

2012

19 of 32 (59%)

2013

20 of 32 (63%)

2014

20 of 32 (63%)

2015

21 of 32 (66%)

2016

20 of 32 (63%)

2017

21 of 32 (66%)

2018

21 of 32 (66%)

Here is a list of training camp sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates:

AFC

TEAM

SITE

LOCATION

ROOKIES

VETERANS

Baltimore

Under Armour Performance Center

Owings Mills, MD

7/11

7/18

Buffalo

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, NY

7/25

7/25

Cincinnati

Paul Brown Stadium

Cincinnati, OH

7/23

7/25

Cleveland

Cleveland Browns Training Complex

Berea, OH

7/25

7/25

Denver

UCHealth Training Center

Englewood, CO

7/24

7/27

Houston

The Greenbrier

White Sulphur Springs, WV

7/25

7/25

Indianapolis

Grand Park

Westfield, IN

7/22

7/25

Jacksonville

TIAA Bank Field

Jacksonville, FL

7/18

7/25

Kansas City

Missouri Western State University

St. Joseph, MO

7/22

7/25

LA Chargers

Jack Hammett Sports Complex

Costa Mesa, CA

7/27

7/27

Miami

Baptist Health Training Facility

Davie, FL

7/18

7/25

New England

Gillette Stadium

Foxborough, MA

7/22

7/25

NY Jets

Atlantic Health Jets Training Center

Florham Park, NJ

7/24

7/26

Oakland

Napa Valley Marriott

Napa, CA

7/23

7/26

Pittsburgh

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

7/24

7/25

Tennessee

Saint Thomas Sports Park

Nashville, TN

7/22

7/25

NFC

TEAM

SITE

LOCATION

ROOKIES

VETERANS

Arizona

University of Phoenix Stadium

Glendale, AZ

7/22

7/27

Atlanta

Atlanta Falcons Training Facility

Flowery Branch, GA

7/23

7/26

Carolina

Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC

7/25

7/25

Chicago

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL

7/16

7/19

Dallas

Marriott Residence Inn

Oxnard, CA

7/25

7/25

Detroit

Detroit Lions Training Facility

Allen Park, MI

7/19

7/26

Green Bay

St. Norbert College

De Pere, WI

7/25

7/25

LA Rams

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA

7/23

7/25

Minnesota

TCO Performance Center

Eagan, MN

7/24

7/27

New Orleans

New Orleans Saints Training Facility

Metairie, LA

7/18

7/25

NY Giants

Quest Diagnostics Training Center

East Rutherford, NJ

7/22

7/25

Philadelphia

NovaCare Complex

Philadelphia, PA

7/25

7/25

San Francisco

SAP Performance Facility

Santa Clara, CA

7/25

7/25

Seattle

Virginia Mason Athletic Center

Renton, WA

7/25

7/25

Tampa Bay

One Buccaneer Place

Tampa, FL

7/23

7/25

Washington

Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center

Richmond, VA

7/25

7/25

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